2019 Hands-On Curatorial Program Exhibition

by | May 10, 2019 | Hands-On Curatorial Program

Exhibition opening at the Ralph T. Coe Center
Friday, May 10, 2019

What is storytelling to you? Think about how many stories you’ve told in your life and how many you’ve heard; throughout the world many stories have been told in their own way, either by art, song, or words. Also, different cultures have their own stories that each hold significant value to them. A story can be told to a group of people and the way that each person receives it may be altered. This is the essence of storytelling. It keeps its original message, but changes with the person. That’s why in our exhibition we are focusing on the notion of storytelling and the many different ways that we can do so.

“Recollective Echo” Click here to read catalog.

When we started to discuss our exhibition we realized, the pieces at Ralph T Coe Center have a story to tell. As we acknowledge the object’s own history, we want to take it a step further. To add our own narrative. We want to share our stories and create new ones, adding to the already diverse collection of stories that are present in our world. Recollective Echo, to us, means remembering moments in time, stories and continuing to tell them so that they may go on to be repeated and influential in one’s life.   —Hands-On Curators


Above photo: 2019 Hands-On Curators left to right: Lesly Esparza (NMSA), Ashlyn Lovato (Santa Clara Pueblo), Veronica Silva (NMSA), Gailene Morgan (Meskwaki Nation & Tesuque Pueblo), Roan Mulholland (ATC), and Aurora Escobedo (Tesuque Pueblo).



Film: Aurora Escobedo in conjunction with the exhibition Recollective Echo.


In 2019, Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts’ Hands-On Curatorial Program was in its fifth year working with high school students from the Academy of Technology and the Classics (ATC), the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS), and the New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA). Returning students Gailene Morgan (Meskwaki Nation & Tesuque Pueblo), Ashlyn Lovato (Santa Clara Pueblo), Aurora Escobedo (Tesuque Pueblo), and Roan Mulholland (ATC) are joined by new members, Lesly Esparza (NMSA) and Veronica Silva (NMSA).

The program provides an opportunity for students to work hands-on with the Coe collection of over 2,300 works of Indigenous art from around the world. Through museum visits and weekly sessions, the curators learn how to create their own exhibition from the Coe collection by selecting objects, researching and drafting wall texts, writing press releases, designing graphics and the exhibition layout, as well as creating their own limited-run curator-designed t-shirts in collaboration with YouthWorks. The participants build their own exhibition from the ground up!


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